Cost of living in Canada

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) C$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.46
12 eggs, large C$3.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$3.89
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$3.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$2.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola C$2.35
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area C$2,041
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area C$1,609
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$159
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area C$1,531
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area C$1,125
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio C$108
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) C$55
40” flat screen TV C$474
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) C$162
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) C$68
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) C$54
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) C$112
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$145
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$23,986
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.17
Monthly ticket public transport C$114
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$22
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) C$77
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) C$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$4.98
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$5.34
4 rolls of toilet paper C$3.07
Tube of toothpaste C$2.61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$52
2 tickets to the movies C$27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$150
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$92
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$4.71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB C$542
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.39
1 month of gym membership in business district C$58
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes C$13

Map of Cost of Living in Canada

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This map shows only the top cities in Canada. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Canada

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Vancouver 168
2nd Toronto 165
3rd Calgary 157
4th Mississauga 152
5th Ottawa 152
6th Edmonton 148
7th Victoria 146
8th St. John's, NL 143
9th Saskatoon 142
10th Hamilton 138
11th Winnipeg 138
12th Regina 138
13th Halifax 136
14th Montreal 136
15th Kelowna 135
16th Quebec City 131
17th Kitchener-Waterloo 130
18th London, Ontario 127
19th Moncton 124
20th Brandon, Manitoba 119

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Montreal costs C$80 (about 14 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Montreal costs C$3.25 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Montreal costs C$83 (about 15 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Victoria costs C$2.25 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Victoria costs C$45 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Victoria costs C$1.37 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Vancouver costs C$0.47 (about 18 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Toronto costs C$3.25 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Halifax costs C$75 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Halifax costs C$125 (about 21 hours ago)

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